I agree with the author's opinion that in order to make an extraordinary photograph at least one of the following conditions must be extraordinary: location, time, weather conditions, equipment, photograper.
I am really surprized this one didn't get a single five star considering many other less dramatic shots got plenty. This is my favorite for sure.
It's a nice shot and good expression... but a second place in a beautiful beard challenge seems out of place to be honest.
Another vote for those who think that the image is overprocessed. Too much vignetting and too much contrast as well. To the point of being cartoonish really. And I also like the original image better. The foggy background actually resembles heavy fumes from dead fish adding to the gloomy atmosphere more than vignetting and heavy contrast. And the small rock is much more visible in the original image being almost like a symbol of gloominess with its dark colors and rough solid shape while the rest of the "world" is slowly disappearing in the fumes of death.
It kind of makes me like my DSLR even more LOL
This shot made me smile. Nice catch.
First, great work by the photograper! Really enjoyed this gallery. From lens performance perspective, the only images I liked are those that were significantly stepped down. Everything between 1.6 and 2.0 Is just way too soft. I was expecting at least something to remain sharp in those samples but disappointingly that is not the case. Usually images like this are criticized unless they are taken with a cheap plastic lens or with a bottom from a beer bottle or something. Just my personal opinion.
With all due respect, but to me every photo looks like it was taken from a photography text book; which is not a compliment in this case. It's like "Common, I've seen it hundreds times already". It has probably something to do with lack of submissions to this particular contest (3,300 entries is not that much, especially if the number of entries per person is not limited to one). Nice photos overall, but as many other mentioned too predictible, to the poin of looking almost like a cliche.
Bread and Circuses came to my mind after seeing what people vote for.
I can see like this could be a good choice for a Christmas or Father's Day gift among super wealthy clients. Let's face it, unlike most of us, who are not as wealthy, they don't have that many choices when it comes to a descent camera. There is boring same-ol Leica, a couple of Hasselblad rebadged consumer-grade Sony or Panasonics and one too excentric Sigma, and that's about it. I am glad they finally have access to a descent Nikon camera.
"His notes on the sexual behavior of the penguins, which included violent assault, homosexuality and necrophilia, were considered too indecent for the times, and didn’t come to light until published in the journal Polar Record in 2012."
I wonder if such behavior of penguins was confirmed by any other studies. Otherwise it sounds more like carefully camouflaged notes on human behavior, especially during long and isolated expedition like Terra Nova.
Mr Gadget: I was hoping to see some action shots, sports, BIF, dog running toward the camera? Sequences? Low light, high ISO action? This camera is targeted towards that market segment. I have been waiting for a D300 replacement and it looks like Nikon wont be providing one, so I am thinking of moving to a 7DmkII. Your help would be appreciated!
Barney, just put it in your intro statement; it would be very helpful.
VadymA: This interview reminded me of a story about two sales reps from a shoe company that went to study market demand in a remote African country. The first rep reported back to the company: "There is no market here as nobody wears shoes!" The second rep emailed: "Quick! Send as much as you can; there are millions of people without shoes!" Nikon looks like the first rep to me. Some companies wait for demand and some companies create demand. The longer they wait to finally see the writing on the wall, the harder it will be to win this game.
Good point, Maji. If we look at the entire Nikon line-up we can't entirely dismiss their efforts in bringing a variety of choices to their customers. And playing safe during financial turbulence in which Nikon currently is sounds reasonable too. Yes, being sympathetic to Nikon, I wish they were the one setting revolutionary trends in camera industry, but they are the ones who know how much money they have to spend on R&D and I still hope they make the right decisions even if those decisioans are not the most popular among some of their followers.
Maji, of course the story is not real; but it is still a good analogy of how opportunities could be seen differently. Nikon wants to see a demand first before offering something different and in the meantime spending their limited resources on developing very conservative products. Well, most likely the demand will shift to something smaller, lighter, and yet with better image quality. Have you ever seen a movie about the future where people would lug around cameras the size of a blender. When that happens, nikon will realize that whatever they were spending now on old-school cameras WAS a waste of money and with plummeting sales they may never have enough resources to play catch. I like my D300 but I already feel like a dinosaur with it in some public places.
This interview reminded me of a story about two sales reps from a shoe company that went to study market demand in a remote African country. The first rep reported back to the company: "There is no market here as nobody wears shoes!" The second rep emailed: "Quick! Send as much as you can; there are millions of people without shoes!" Nikon looks like the first rep to me. Some companies wait for demand and some companies create demand. The longer they wait to finally see the writing on the wall, the harder it will be to win this game.
Looks like Nikon let go their entire R&D department; all their new models look like rearrangement of the same parts; no innovation, no new ideas, nothing ;(
Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni: Finally, announced!
But not what was expected :(
JordanAT: If I stole your camera and took several hundred photos* and I was then captured by police and the stolen camera was returned to you - who owns the copyright to the images I took?
* for arguments sake, we might assume I know nothing about cameras and I took the photos in auto mode without changing the settings on the camera
508.01 Registration requirements.To be entitled to copyright registration, a photograph, holo gram, or slide must contain at least a certain minimum amount of original expression.Under your "assumptions", it is unlikely that the photos will contain sufficient amount of original expression to pass the examination test.
Biological_Viewfinder: If you are on vacation and want a photograph of your family with you in it; you may seek the help of someone else.
So then, a random stranger is given your camera. He takes the photograph.
But who would ever argue that it was not your photograph?????
Also remember that not every snapshot is eligible for copyright protection. In your example, even if the "authorship" can be traced to you as the one making desicion to take a picture, providing a camera and directing the setting and composition, the picture may be lacking the required degree of "creative expression" making it ineligible for copyright protection.